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in Jenkins 513). But the desire to cause not only the death but also the eternal damnation of his enemy would have been unquestioned in the revenge code of Elizabethan theater. Perhaps Hamlet is rationalizing because he recognizes Claudius as the embodiment of his own repressed Oedipal complex. Yet, at the same time, it might be that Hamlet’s rage for revenge still needs to be cooled by the hard-boiled wisdom of experience—which he attains only in Act 5.

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